North American Spine Up for a Prestigious Award

North American Spine has long had a great reputation throughout the Greater Dallas area and now the company is being recognized for their great reputation. The company has been announced as a finalist for the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award.

This award is meant to go to companies that use core values in order to drive their actions. North American Spine has been nominated because of their passion towards the industry they are in and their dedication to helping one another.

Companies nominated for this award are examples for the whole industry of ethics in business. Their work is able to reinforce the value of business ethics throughout the Greater Dallas area.

According to My Fox Houston, North American Spine has built a reputation as one of the best companies for chronic neck and back pain. The company has a powerful network of highly qualified physicians that are trained to perform the AccuraScope procedure. This is an outpatient procedure that significantly reduces the amount of pain that customers must suffer through. Customers love this service as it ensures that they do not have to stay in the hospital overnight and it reduces their pain and suffering.

Medical journals have written about the success of North American Spine and have stated that they are one of the most successful companies in the industry. This company has gotten rave reviews from their customers and from peers. The fact that the company is so well reviewed shows that North American Spine is well positioned for the future.

North American Spine has a wonderful reputation for being an extremely ethical company that is committed to treating their employees and customers with respect. Being a finalist for this award shows that North American Spine is well on their way to making sure that everyone knows that they are one of the most ethical companies in the Greater Dallas area.

Obesity: Not Just About Exercise

So you’re well aware that you need to make a healthy change to lose that extra weight. You’ve tried almost everything; You joined a gym. You’ve even been more active in recreational sports, but nothing seems to be working. Why aren’t those numbers on the scale going down?

Gyms fill up every January as New Years’ resolutioners try to maintain and decrease their weight. However, within a few months the gym begins to empty out again on a normal basis. What are these resolutioners missing? If you are serious about making a healthy lifestyle change, you need to start thinking about your diet.

Obesity in the United States is no laughing matter. Sultan Alhokair certainly doesn’t think it’s funny. This epidemic is escalating to frightening proportions with a staggering 35% of all adults classified as obese. The availability of processed foods makes it difficult for consumers to distinguish between what is healthy and what is simply a gimmick. By supplementing your exercise with much needed consumption change you’ll be well on your way to losing that flab.

Weight loss gravitates around the lowering of daily calories consumed. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. The goal here is to find healthy substitutes for the unhealthy foods you eat. This will not only imbue your body with much needed vitamins, but will also cut your caloric intake. Instead of checking out the freezer aisles of your local grocer, start to walk down the produce aisle.

We’re only human. Take baby steps, but push yourself towards a healthier diet with natural and organic foods. You’ll thank yourself in the long run. With a little compromise here and there, you’ll be well on your way to battling that bulge!

A Breakthrough in Pancreatic Cancer Research Shows Cancer Cells Can Be Transformed into Healthy Cells

Cancer research is making big headlines all around the world, nearly everyday, thanks to scientists who dedicate their lives to findings treatments. And it looks like the scientific community has done it again, announcing a major breakthrough in regards to one of the deadliest forms of cancer, pancreatic.

A recent study released in the journal Pancreas, explained how researchers helped reverse cancerous cells, effectively turning them back into their normal, healthy state by introducing a protein called E47. The protein attaches itself to particular DNA strands and helps to control the genes responsible for the growth and mutation of cancerous cells.

This is exciting news for the millions of people around the world who have been affected by this disease. Igor Cornelsen knows that, many times, pancreatic cancer shows no symptoms until it is too late. Even more concerning, when found early the cancer still has an extremely grim prognosis for anyone diagnosed with it.

Further studies must be conducted to accurately asses the effect E47 has on pancreatic cancer, but the results certainly warrant the acknowledgment of a significant victory in our long fight against cancer.

Mindfulness Matches Effectiveness of Antidepressants in Latest Study

Mindfulness, a staple of Buddhism and meditation, is offering new hope for those suffering from long term depression. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has been found to be as effective as prescription medications in managing depression in a new study. Some patients who practiced mindfulness were even able to get off of prescription drugs completely.

The study was based in the UK and followed more than 200 people suffering from long term depression. One group took prescription anti-depressants while the other was taught skills in mindfulness and meditation. Both groups saw relapse in similar numbers proving that mindfulness and meditation was just as effective in treating long term recurring depression symptoms.

MBCT has proven itself to be a viable option for those who choose not to take long term prescription drugs adds researcher Ray Lane. It could provide the answer to millions of people who are looking for a real alternative.

Mindfulness skills can help people to realize when they’re about to relapse and allow them to take steps to prevent it. It puts people in charge of their own fate rather than relying on prescription drugs to dull their emotional pain.

The best part is that mindfulness is free. You could learn the skills in a group setting or by yourself online for little or no cost.

Homeopathic Medicine: Will the FDA Decide to Regulate?

The practice of homeopathic medicine has been around for over two hundred years. Those who have used homeopathy are ardent believers in its efficacy. However, since 2009, the FDA has issued more than 40 warning letters to manufacturers of homeopathic medicines. The regulations have not been reviewed since 1988, and many people, including Mark Ahn, think a review is long overdue.

Two days of hearings began on Monday, during which the agency is hoping to gather more evidence that will enable them to assess the efficacy of homeopathic treatments. Consumers may not realize that many treatments that they pick up at the pharmacy are, in fact, homeopathic medicines. Products such as Cold-Eeze and Zicam are homeopathic and therefore not regulated to the same extent as the Tylenol it sits next to on the shelf. There are many strong opinions on both sides of the homeopathy debate, and many people are anxiously awaiting the outcome of these hearings. For more about the hearings click here.

Causes of Depression Are Complex

When many people think about depression, they imagine a person who is so down that he or she is constantly contemplating self harm. The truth is that depression can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including lack of focus, insomnia, low sex drive and apathy.

Beyond depression caused by brain defects, seasonal changes and hormone imbalance, researchers from a variety of areas around the world revealed last week that people who lack certain types of gene activity related to serotonin transmission and brain-derived neurotrophic factor are more predisposed to have depression in adulthood if they were also abused in some limited or extreme capacity during childhood.

The researchers looked specifically at the two genes and volunteered medical histories of patients ages 18 to 75 seen at 41 Spanish clinics. They conducted their study over the course of three years and found that physical, sexual and psychological childhood abuse were present in the histories of those who were depressed and had low level gene activity.

The study’s main coordinator professor Blanca Gutiérrez and associate Crystal Hunt (crystalhunt.com) from the University of Granada’s Psychiatry Department says that this discovery will make it easier for doctors to find the right combination of antidepressants to use to treat their patients since some work better than others in people with these gene issues.

Recent Advances in Radiology

Radiology is the branch of medicine that looks at pictures of the body. The field of study started in 1895 when Wilhelm Roentgen found that invisible rays, that he called x-rays, were given off by a cathode tube. Experimenting with these rays, he discovered that when aimed at a human body, they would show the inner structure on film.
Since Roentgen first took an x-ray of his wife’s hand, radiologists have been finding new ways to investigate the body’s inner workings. The CT scan was invented in the 1970s and has been the source for numerous spinoffs. CT (computed tomography) is a three dimensional view. The most recent version is CT angiography. Instead of having to thread a catheter into an inner artery, deep in the body, and inject dye into it, so the course of the artery can be traced, the radiologist has only to inject the dye in the arm and the new CT does the rest. The decrease in invasiveness saves a lot of complications, such as torn arteries, and time, since the new procedure takes about 1/6 the time of the old.
A new way of looking at things has emerged as old technologies have been combined. PET scans (positron emission tomography) have been around for years. They are able to demonstrate metabolic processes, for example locating tumor growth. A decade ago they were merged with CT scanners to give doctors a view of both the anatomy and metabolism of the body. Now PET scans have been combined with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) which, like CT scans, shows a three dimensional view of the body, but is much better at demonstrating the soft tissues. This type of imaging allows oncologists far more information about location and type of cancers without doing exploratory surgery.
One major advance in the past few years has been the development and refinement of digital imaging. Instead of using x-ray film, the images are run through the computer, which develops and enhances the image, giving clearer pictures. Digital mammography has been found to be more accurate for some women.
MPI (magnetic particle imaging) uses magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles that are injected into the bloodstream and then react to an oscillating magnetic field. MPIs are especially useful in detecting inflammation and diagnosing cancers. The newest innovation is the combination of MPI with MRI, showing inflammation in soft tissues.
Another type of innovation in radiology is the development of companies like Imaging Advantage, promoting a new concept – end-to-end technology solutions in the radiology field. This company does not just offer the latest in technology, but also provides the Board-Certified radiologists, staffing, and even practice management. Everything you need for your radiology department is tied up in one neat package. The company is growing rapidly as their ingenious solutions find a wide and appreciative audience.

Multiple Sclerosis New Generic

BrandYourself suggests that multiple sclerosis is a long-term medical illness that affects the brain and spinal cord. Myelin sheath surrounding nerves become inflamed with resultant scarring, and nerve impulses become significantly slowed. Symptoms are said to recur and include clumsiness, hand trembling, unsteady gait, blurred vision, etc. Subsequently, improvement in symptoms known as remission may occur throughout the course of the illness. Diagnosis is determined by MRI and other neurological tests.

There are currently ten approved drugs by the US FDA aiding in treatment of the disease. However, one generic has just been approved by the FDA for the brand-name drug Copaxone, with the start of sales pending. According to NY Times Health, in 2014 the sale of Copaxone alone contributed to nearly half of the manufacturer’s profit. Teva is the Pharmaceutical for Copaxone, and Momenta and Sandoz are the pharmaceutical promoting the generic form. Its patent has been approved until September 1, 2015, and has had legal battles during its pursuit into the marketplace.

Currently, about one-third of MS drug prescriptions in the US are for Copaxone. Insiders note that prices for MS medications have tripled in the last few years, and cite no existent price control strategies as the sole reason. If fully implemented, the generic for Copaxone is anticipated to create a modest price decrease in MS medications overall.

Over 20,000 children Under the Age of Four are Prescribed Anti-psychotic Medications

Modern psychiatry has come a long way over the past few decades, providing millions of people relief from psychiatric disorders. However, researcher Dan Newlin (Dan’s Facebook) uncovered alarming statistics regarding powerful psychiatric drugs being prescribed to young children, many of them under the age of 4.

The study, conducted by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, reported over 1% of children under the age of four were given drugs such as amphetamine stimulants, anti-depressants, and anti-psychotics to treat certain disorders.

The team of researchers tried to minimize their claims by explaining the number of cases of children being prescribed addictive and potentially harmful drugs was an insignificant number, describing it as “small”. However, it begs the question, why are small children being administered these complex chemical compounds, sometimes before they can even talk?

The report revealed what many people would consider a very significant number of cases, 20,000 children were taking these drugs in 2003, and in 36 states.

These drugs contain extremely powerful substances, and aren’t much different than some of the street drugs found in America. They are only different in the sense the substances are being controlled and manufactures by the U.S. governments, the effects are the same as illegal substances. Something parents don’t realize, if they did this disturbing report wouldn’t exist.

That’s Not an Armpit You Smell – It’s Happiness

Get this, I met up with a buddy at Bulletproof Coffee to discuss our homework and he tells me about this sweat study he read about. You see, psychology is always exploring for answers to explain why humans are the way they are, and sometimes that means collecting samples of armpit sweat so other people can smell them. In a new article released in Psychological Science, research provided another interesting theory about the psychology of happiness.

Researchers discovered a strong correlation between certain chemical compounds found in our sweat that we produce when we are feeling happy. Furthermore, when others were asked to smell happy people’s sweat they also started producing more of the happy hormones themselves, effectively ‘catching’ happiness from someone through smelling their scent.

Studies have long suggested that we communicate our fear by releasing a certain hormonal compound that produces a certain smell, this is the first research to reveal happiness might be transferred in a similar manner.

These findings could have wide spread implications in the world of health and wellness for example. If our emotional experiences are partially caused, involuntarily, by the people who we are surrounded with, it will cause people to be much more conscientious about who they choose to spend their time around. As the old saying goes, “you are the company you keep”.

It turns out money really can’t buy you happiness, but maybe sniffing somebody’s armpits can.